the great roberto wrote:
Nice build. I wonder how much GT would charge for this if they built it ?
Why did the headset not fit ? Was it a problem with the hope or with the frame ?
Your views on these re-issued zaskar frames please ?
I'm surprised they had integrated headsets ? And integrated seat post clamps ?
I'd have thought GT would have re-issued say a 1992 style frame.
The frame looks like what a zaskar frame would look like if GT were to make a 6061 frame now rather than a "re-issue"
Anyway, nice,no expence spared build.
Now go and get it dirty.
Unknown to me at the time there are several types of integrated headset
The HOPE integrated was a perfect fit for diameter and the bottom bearing was fine. However the Top bearing was too deep at 9mm. Cane Creek integrated format uses a 7mm depth of top bearing.
So Bought a Cane Creek and it fitted fine. Wish GT provided the information with the frame, but no. Nothing on their website either.
Seatpost clamp that came with the frame is a GT ali one. Not integrated. I replaced this with one from HOPE, and fits just fine.
My views on these reissued frames?
Well in truth its about as retro as an iPad. Effectively it is a modern GT Zaskar in terms of dimensions, integrated headset, BB width (68mm) and headtube angle set up for a 100mm travel front fork. But with v brake bosses, narrow capacity for the rear wheel (2.1" is pushing it); BTW Note not all 20th ann frames come with v brake bosses! Some early in production of the 500 only had the IS disc mount on the rear. So if you ever want to buy one second hand and want to run v brakes, check first.
So yes Roberto, you are exactly right. This is a moderm GT frame. Only instead of making it in Kinesis Superlight in Taiwan, its made from 6061 Ali in the USA.
Having said that, I'm really happy with it. It makes a great bike which is fantastic to ride. Just puts a smile on my face when I get out on it.
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